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Senate Panel Approves FY 2014 MilCon-VA Appropriations Over House Levels

June 21, 2013—The Senate Appropriations Committee approved (23-6) a draft FY 2014 Military Construction-Veteran Affairs spending bill that would provide $158.8 billion in discretionary and mandatory funding for military construction, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and related agencies. The bill would provide $74.4 billion in discretionary funding, a $2.5 billion increase over the fiscal 2013 enacted level (see related story).

According to a June 18 subcommittee summary, the measure includes $586 million for VA Medical and Prosthetic Research, a $2.9 million (0.5 percent) increase over FY 2013, matching the House and president’s budget request [see Washington Highlights, May 17]. While the bill provides “an additional $100 million for nonrecurring maintenance,” it is unclear if any of this will be directed to research infrastructure projects.

The Senate bill also matches the House and president’s budget request with $55.6 billion in advance appropriations for FY 2015 VA medical care.

The House June 4 approved its version of the FY 2014 MilCon-VA spending bill (H.R. 2216), prompting a veto threat from the White House [see Washington Highlights, June 7].

Neither the House nor the Senate has adopted the president’s proposal that “Medical Facilities funding will support research and development projects by ensuring that at least 5% of the total program allocation in a given year for nonrecurring maintenance and minor construction projects are used to fund projects at research facilities” [see Washington Highlights, April 12]. However, congressional action is not necessary for the administration to implement this proposal.


Matthew Shick, JD
Director, Gov't Relations & Regulatory Affairs
Telephone: 202-862-6116


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